Fall 2015 Events


December 2015

The Politics of Memory: Victimization, Violence and Contested Narratives of the Past
December 3, 2015 @ 8:00 am - December 5, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
“The Politics of Memory” aims to explore issues relating to memory, victimhood, and violence. Possible themes include the changing nature and identity of victims and the theme of contested victimization, with a particular interest in topics that explore the anniversaries of historical vi...
Ron Suny – “They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else:” Explaining the Armenian Genocide 100 Years Later
December 7, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ronald Grigor Suny will speak about the controversies over whether the deportations and massacres of Armenians and Assyrians in the late Ottoman Empire constitute a genocide by the Young Turk government. Reviewing the massive documentation of the events, and the recent findings of scholars on th...
Koray Çalışkan – “Towards a New Regime Type: Competitive Authoritarianism of Political Islam in Turkey”
December 8, 2015 @ 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Koray Çalışkan Boğaziçi University, Department of Political Science and International Relations Introduced by: Karen Barkey Columbia University, Department of Sociology and Department of History Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life This talk is co-sponsored by the ...

November 2015

After Charlie Hebdo: French laïcité and Islam: Can the “Republican Model” hold?
November 4, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
After Charlie Hebdo: French laïcité and Islam: Can the “Republican Model” hold? A panel discussion with Abdennour Bidar, Patrick Simon, and Ethan Katz, moderated by Souleymane Bachir Diagne.  Panelists will discuss the social integration of Muslims in contemporary France and the conse...
Awakening Our Democracy: Ferguson, Charleston, and Beyond
November 5, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Awakening Our Democracy: Ferguson, Charleston, and Beyond, will take place on November 5, 2015 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Pulitzer Hall, Room 300.  Writer Mychal Denzel Smith, Counsel to the NYC Mayor Maya Wiley, social justice entrepreneur Michael Skolnik, and Columbia Law School Professor Kim...
Conversation with Nina Ansary: The Untold Story of Women in Iran
November 5, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Middle East Institute at Columbia University are proud to host author and Barnard/Columbia University alum Nina Ansary in a conversation with Richard Bulliet, Columbia Professor of History and Middle East Studies, on Ansary’s widely anticipated boo...
The Malek Jandali Trio: A Charity Concert to Support Syrian Children
November 5, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Students Organize for Syria, Benefit Concert for Syria with the Malek Jandali Trio On Thursday, November 5th, join Students Organize for Syria for a benefit concert with renowned Syrian musician Malek Jandali and the Malek Jandali trio, consisting of Abdulrahim Alsaidi on the oud and cellist Laura ...
POSTPONED: Kate Bowler – Women and Celebrity in American Megaministry
November 9, 2015 @ 2:10 pm - 4:00 pm
Kate Bowler’s talk has unfortunately been postponed.  We will announce a rescheduled date when it becomes available. In this era of American megaministries, churches have become vast businesses that rise and fall on the reputation of the pastor and, increasingly, his wife. The pastor’s wife...
Workshop with Manoël Pénicaud & Dionigi Albera
November 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Manoël Pénicaud, of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM), and L’Institut d’ethnologie méditerranéenne (IDEMEC), and Dionigi Albera, Anthropologist and Director of Research at The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), will be visiting at the Ins...
International Conference: The Idea of the Mediterranean
November 12, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - November 15, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The Mediterranean has been the cradle of civilizations with a unique history of having given birth to all the Western cultures, to three world-wide religions, and to opening pathways to the Orient. An organic and autonomous Mediterranean identity may not exist as such today; but in the collective im...
Mode d’Emploi – A Festival of Ideas
November 16, 2015 @ 8:00 am - November 29, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Please note: Many of the Mode d’Emploi events are still scheduled to continue, despite the terrorist attacks of this past November 13.  According to the organizers of the festival: “In the face of this horror, in the face of violence, it is important to continue to discuss and to live...
Race, Ethnicity and University Life: A Teach-In and Speak Out
November 18, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Given recent events at Yale and the University of Missouri, the Office of University Life will present a moderated conversation and open forum on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm at the Kraft Center.  Students, faculty, and administrators from across the university will address recent ...
Carlo Invernizzi Accetti at the City College of New York – “Relativism and Religion”
November 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Book Launch for: Relativism and Religion: Why Democratic Societies Do Not Need Moral Absolutes, by Carlo Invernizzi Accetti Wednesday, November 18, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 pm The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership The City College of New York Shepard Hall, Room 250 160 Convent Ave...
A Conversation with Mohamed Fahmy
November 24, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Mohamed Fahmy is an award-winning Egyptian-Canadian journalist and author.  Fahmy has spent most of his career covering conflict zones and some of the most definitive global events that shape our world today.  During his multi-decade career, he has reported for the Los Angeles Times, the New York...

October 2015

Erin Runions – “Biblicized Biopolitics and the Babylon Complex”
October 1, 2015 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Biblical studies scholar Erin Runions shows how biblically coded discourse and affect is used to try to contain, localize, and hierarchize bodies for capital. She considers how the Bible, and in particular the figure of Babylon, has been used to promote the market conditions and political subjectivi...
Could ISIS Allies Destabilize the Tunisian Democratic Transition? How, and Why? What Could the US Do to Help Tunisian Democrats?
October 2, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Could ISIS Allies Destabilize the Tunisian Democratic Transition? How, and Why?  What Could the US Do to Help Tunisian Democrats? Speaker:  Rafik Abdessalem Moderator and Opening Discussant:  Alfred Stepan Rafik Abdessalem was the Foreign Minister of the post-revolutionary  Tunisian government ...
Awakening Our Democracy: The “American” Dream, Immigration, and Belonging
October 8, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Registration required; please RSVP here. Much more information is available at universitylife.columbia.edu. “Awakening Our Democracy: The “American” Dream, Immigration, and Belonging” is the first in a series of conversations throughout the year that will bring together aca...
Theosophy and the Arts: Texts and Contexts of Modern Enchantment
October 9, 2015 @ 9:00 am - October 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Registration is required.  Register now here. Much more information is available at york.ac.uk/history-of-art/newyork-theosophy-conference. This is the second conference of the international research network Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, Modernism and the Arts, c.1875-1960 funded by the Leve...
Jeremy Stolow – “Picturing Aura: On Visual Media, Esoteric Vision, and the Representation of Radiant Bodies”
October 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jeremy Stolow, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montréal, will provide an overview and interim report on his current research, which surveys the range of optical instruments and visual media technologies used by psychic researchers, altern...
Daniel Vaca – “Animating the Corporation: Religion, Stories, and Social Sense”
October 19, 2015 @ 2:10 pm - 4:00 pm
In the wake of 2014’s Hobby Lobby decision, observers of American society have objected to the contemporary entanglement of religious and corporate activity. And yet religion has animated business structures and decisions for over a century. Drawing especially upon histories of American evange...
George Rupp – “The Power – and Limitations – of Individualism”
October 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Register now at this link. Please Note: There has been a change of venue for this event. It will now take place in the Maison Française in Buell Hall. In his newest book, Beyond Individualism: The Challenge of Inclusive Communities, George Rupp pushes modern individualism beyond its foundationa...
A Living Legacy: Ibn ‘Arabi in Today’s World
October 23, 2015 @ 6:45 pm - October 24, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
For the 850th anniversary of the birth of Muhyiddin Ibn ’Arabi, the Ibn ‘Arabi Society in the U.S. is pleased to announce a major conference on his legacy. As one of history’s greatest universal mystics and interpreters of the human condition, Ibn ’Arabi’s teachings can offer us a window i...
Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain
October 27, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Hispanic Institute for Latin American and Iberian Cultures and Book Culture and thrilled and honored to invite you to the release of Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain (University of Chicago Press) by Seth Kimmel. Introductory remarks by Jesús R. Vel...

September 2015

Islam & World Peace: Perspectives from African Muslim Nonviolence Traditions
September 11, 2015 - September 13, 2015
Islam and World Peace International Conference Islam and World Peace: Perspectives from African Muslim Nonviolence Traditions September 11 – 13, 2015 International Affairs Building, 15th Floor 420 West 118th Street Columbia University For more details, visit: islampeaceconference.com A final...
Akin Unver – “Turkey’s Kurdish Question: What do the 1990s tell us about contemporary politics?”
September 17, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
NEW LOCATION: This event will now be held in Knox Hall, Room 509. The Kurdish question is one of the most complicated and protracted conflicts of the Middle East and will never be resolved unless it is finally defined. The majority of the Kurdish people live in Turkey, which gives the country a un...
Bruce Lawrence – “Allahu Akbar – Greater than Whom?”
September 24, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
“god is not Great,” according to the late Christopher Hitchens, and to even question Islam is to be labeled a heretic, according to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but beyond the titles of their bestselling books, there is the everyday experience of millions of Muslims.  While Allah does not belo...
Pope Economics & Pope Ecology
September 24, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pope Economics/Pope Ecology A panel discussion with Edouard Tétreau, Andrew Revkin, Erin Lothes, and Anthony Annett.  Moderated by Joan Walsh. Part of a series of events in anticipation of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. On the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., invited panelists di...
Sufism in India and Pakistan: Rethinking Islam, Democracy, and Identity
September 25, 2015 @ 9:00 am - September 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The conference schedule and complete list of participants is now available here. Read presenters’ abstracts here. In contemporary politics, Sufis have been very much a part of the discourse, politics, and practice of Islam in the modern world. Western analysts often perceive Sufis as potentia...